On Sunday, many NFL players demonstrated during the national anthem prior to games. These demonstrations came after President Donald Trump made comments against NFL players participating in protests.
Trump said that NFL owners who have players “disrespecting the flag” should say, “get that son of a bitch off the field right now, he’s fired.” It led to many NFL and NBA players speaking out against Trump, as well as NFL owners.
During the early games on Sunday, players, owners and coaches demonstrated in different ways: some locked arms, some took a knee, and some stayed in the locker room during the anthem. A while after, Trump tweeted in support of those linking arms.
Great solidarity for our National Anthem and for our Country. Standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. Bad ratings!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Many teams released statements that were critical of Trump’s initial comments. Owners for some teams were seen on the sideline Sunday locking arms with players, including Atlanta’s Arthur Blank and Jacksonville’s Shad Khan.
Notable protests from Sunday included the singer of the national anthem at the Falcons vs. Lions game taking a knee and raising a fist after the anthem, LeSean McCoy warming up during the anthem, and plenty of players around the league taking a knee.